Red Carpet Inspiration: Dressy Wet-Look Hair

By Rosanne Ullman | 10/13/2013 4:02:00 PM


You can show your clients an easy way for them to go from office to dressy evening no matter what hair they have—short, long, straight, wavy, fine, coarse. Just gel back the top and either tame the shaft-to-ends or tie them into a tail. This sexy-forehead look has become a mainstay on the red carpet and other high-style celeb events.

Actresses Emmy Rossum and Stana Katic wore the look recently with a side part.

click image to zoomWireImageEmmy Rossum (photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage) click image to zoomStana Katic (photo by Robin Marchant/Getty Images for Unclaimed Freight Productions)


Kerry Washington and Kendall Jenner took it high off the forehead but left the rest of hair less severe.

click image to zoomKerry Washington (photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) click image to zoomKendall Jenner (photo by Gary Gershoff/WireImage)

How to style it? Top editorial and runway designer Nicholas Shatarah shares with us his steps he used to style similar looks at Spring 2014 Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC.

click image to zoomAFP/Getty ImagesDavid Tlale runway (photo by Joshua LOTT/AFP/Getty Images)

For the David Tlale runway:

STEP 1: Apply a wet gel to the top section for sleekness.

STEP 2: Brush the hair straight back, keeping it tight and smooth to the scalp.

STEP 3: Give everything from the occipital bone down a softer, loose feel.

TIP: Placing the hair in a low pony makes it client-friendly. “This style is timeless and work for all affairs.”

click image to zoomWireImageZero + Maria Cornejo runway (photo by Thomas Concordia/WireImage)

From the Zero + Maria Cornejo runway (lead hair stylist is Martin Cullen):

STEP 1: Take a 1"-wide section from the front to the back crest, and pin to create a mohawk.

STEP 2: Spray Phyto working hair spray along the side of the hair and create a french twist. Repeat on the other side and pin together.

STEP 3: Flat-iron the top section so that it lies over the french twist.

TIP: “For salon clients, I would not do the mini-mohawk but just the double french twist.”





ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Rosanne Ullman

Rosanne Ullman, Project Editor | Modern Salon Media

Rosanne has been writing for the salon division of Vance Publishing for more than 30 years, contributing landmark articles ranging from a year-long historical series in the 1990s marking MODERN SALON's 75th anniversary to a more recent, comprehensive tribute to Vidal Sassoon's impact on the industry. She was involved in the conceptual planning for First Chair and has directed several of Modern Salon Media's custom publishing projects. Rosanne holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University's famed Medill School and contributes to her community through three elected terms on her local school board.

Rosanne is our go-to provider for Modern Salon Media's Healthy Hairdresser e-newsletter. You can e-mail Rosanne Ullman at


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